The Neighbors: Season 1 (2012 - 2013)


Season 1
The Neighbors

Critics Consensus

The Neighbors earns the occasional chuckle, but it's a formulaic sitcom with a thin, stale premise.



Critic Ratings: 35


Audience Score

User Ratings: 21
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Air date: Sep 26, 2012
Air date: Oct 3, 2012
Air date: Oct 10, 2012
Air date: Oct 17, 2012
Air date: Oct 24, 2012
Air date: Oct 31, 2012
Air date: Nov 7, 2012
Air date: Nov 14, 2012
Air date: Dec 5, 2012
Air date: Dec 12, 2012
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In the first series, Marty Weaver (Lenny Venito), his wife, Debbie (Jami Gertz), and their kids (Clara Mamet, Max Charles and Isabella Cramp) move from a crowded urban area to a gated community in suburban New Jersey—where the residents are extraterrestrials from the planet Zabvron. The Zabvronians, who have taken the names of famous athletes as cover, are led by the husband-and-wife duo of Larry Bird (Simon Templeman) and Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye), who live next door to the Weavers with their sons, Dick Butkus (Ian Patrick) and Reggie Jackson (Tim Jo). Initially wary of each other's customs and lifestyles, the Weavers and the Zabvronians eventually discover that the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the universe, because marital and parenting problems are the same everywhere.


Jami Gertz
as Debbie Weaver
Lenny Venito
as Marty Weaver
Simon Templeman
as Larry Bird
Toks Olagundoye
as Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Clara Mamet
as Amber Weaver
Tim Jo
as Reggie Jackson
Max Charles
as Max Weaver
Isabella Cramp
as Abby Weaver
Katherine Tokarz
as Mary Lou Retton
Patrick O'Sullivan
as Johnny Unitas
Alden Villaverde
as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kiersten Lyons
as Billie Jean King
Nick Eldredge
as High Pants Alien
Stacy Keach
as Dominick
Karan Soni
as Indian Alien
Patrick Cassidy
as Mr. Easterling
Meagen Fay
as Principal
Richard Riehle
as Janitor Raymond
Sandra Bernhard
as Mr. Porsche
Mitch Rouse
as Real Estate Agent
Maribeth Monroe
as Rebecca Hill
George Takei
as Grandfather
Bruce Green
as Angry Man
Mark Hamill
as Commandant Bill
Christine Kellogg
as Club Member
Debra Mooney
as Theresa
Kerry Carney
as Elizabeth
Dustin Fasching
as Young Dominick
Cade Sutton
as Little Marty
Mary K. DeVault
as Angry Woman
Skyler Vallo
as Cheerleader
Connor Rosen
as Redhead Kid
Carla Renata
as Serena Williams
Laura Dash
as Man/Woman Alien
Leslie Jordan
as Venus Williams
Justene Alpert
as Impressed Girl
Billy Malone
as Greg Louganis
Elizabeth Tripp
as Type-A Third Grader
Kevin High
as DMV Tester
Ashley Olds
as The Hot Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Neighbors Season 1

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (21)

The daffy details - like those sports-star names and the golf togs the Zabvronians all wear - and the actors' knack for expressing exasperated confusion have set me giggling every episode.

Sep 26, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The joke is already showing signs of wearing thin by the end of the first episode. Land Shark, anybody?

Sep 26, 2012 | Full Review…

For a five-minute sketch while nodding into Sunday morning? Maybe. For a weekly half-hour in prime time? Nope.

Sep 26, 2012 | Full Review…

Here's the rub. What's the goal of this show? Is it satire? Spoof? Making a serious point? Or just being silly? I couldn't tell you.

Sep 26, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Neighbors gets a passing grade.

Sep 26, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

But this latest aliens-meet-earthlings sitcom is just too dopily executed for any long-term stay on this planet. Perhaps it could be a hit on Uranus, though.

Sep 26, 2012 | Rating: D | Full Review…
Top Critic

All of these characters have been driven into the ground in countless other sitcoms and, if possible, some of them might even be more vapid and annoying in The Neighbors.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Honestly, this show could be a lot worse.

Sep 26, 2012 | Full Review…

If you value your time, you'll change the channel after Modern Family.

Sep 26, 2012 | Full Review…

The whole thing is ridiculous.

Sep 26, 2012 | Rating: 2/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Neighbors: Season 1

  • Apr 12, 2019
    Since childhood, this has been one of my favorite series... so funny.
  • Sep 22, 2015
    The Neighbors begins its run by introducing its cast and premise in a fairly unoriginal manner, though the latter in itself is done in a way that bypasses the typical alien-next-door affair and makes something that is consciously unorthodox but quite average in general. The characters are great but they don't particularly shine due to the situations they're put it in, which include cliches such as holiday and school events.

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